American Sniper has been a film I was very disappointed was only getting a limited release on Christmas Day. A release that wasn’t looking to be here in Dallas, Texas. And it wasn’t until a week later, I found out hey, it is playing here. So I spent my New Year’s Eve day in a packed theater ready for what I was sure to be was going to an emotional, and epic tale about an American hero. And I was not disappointed.
American Sniper stars Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller, and is directed by Clint Eastwood. The film is written by Jason Hall and based on the autobiography of Chris Kyle, American Sniper written by Kyle. The Film follows Navy Vet Chris Kyle (Cooper) as he goes from young cowboy, to the most deadly and accurate Sniper in American history. It follows his 4 separate tours into Iraq chronicling his rivalry with an enemy Sniper, and his troubles adapting to life back in the states. After 9/11, Kyle feels a calling to become something more. He signs up for the military and becomes a legend, and a hero to everyone who knows him. Little do they know he has his own internal struggle while dealing with family and life outside of war.
The film is truly an emotional rollercoaster. Seeing the struggles this man is going through dealing posttraumatic stress disorder. As a soldier and a hero he knows who he is, but at home he doesn’t know how to be a husband or a father. While in the field he must make decisions that affect his life at home, that affect his team in the field. It invokes the thoughts in your own head, of what would I do in this situation? Could I do what was needed of me?
The cast is very solid for the most part. Everyone is truly functional. Cooper is perfectly cast as Chris Kyle. He looks the part, and not once do you see Bradley Cooper. You see the Legend the entire film. The rest of the cast, well it’s a cast, they are all functional. Sienna Miller, is, ok, ish. Personally she was the weakest part of the film. And it’s not her performance that is weak, she is good, it was more the character. And by character I mean Chris Kyles wife. I know why the film had to go home and show you the effects pf PTSD on Kyle and his family, but when the film is at home in the states it begins to drag. I found myself annoyed with his wife and just ready to get back to the next tour.
The film is very entertaining, and truly emotional. I teared up, but I survived until the very end. It wasn’t until live footage of the funeral procession. Over all I’m giving American Sniper a Jeebus score of 4.8.
The Jeebus score is out of a possible 6 points. Films are giving a max of 1 point each for Acting, Entertainment, and Casting, and a max of .5 for Dialog, Cinematography, and Direction. There is also a possible bonus up to .5.